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The Search for New Content

So I’m trying to figure out what sort of content I want to push via my @YouTube channel, as well as my @Twitch channel… and to an extent here until Overwatch comes out (see below with my open letter to Blizzard hoping to get in the first wave) and that content push starts.

Let’s back up. My loose New Years plan was to start pushing more content this year (2015).

The idea is to push at least 30 videos to my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/brianathomas┬áduring the year, and to try and not go over 2 weeks between videos. ┬áSo far I’ve been more or less on target (EDIT: By mid year that was no longer true, I fell way off, especially coverage of Heroes of the Storm). Sometimes a few days more, sometimes pushing a couple videos in a week. This year has seen 6 videos (2 more that were published late December that I sort of count to the 30 goal, but I’ll skip counting those for the moment since while being 27 and 28 December, they are technically from 2014, though they are under the newer format). So far so good, for the most part. Continue reading The Search for New Content

The Sky is Falling on the Heroes of the Storm Hype Train

The sky is falling on the Heroes of the Storm hype train… or so one would think reading the Heroes subreddit or even the official forums.

The basic argument is that the subreddit has little discussion compared to a couple weeks ago, the game has fallen off Twitch’s games list from the top 5 or so down to the top 70 or so… therefor the hype must be dying and people are losing interest in the game. The conclusion then is that the game is possibly doomed to failure if Blizzard doesn’t do something soon. Of course they say that as if the game showed up on their account tomorrow they wouldn’t play it to death.

Here’s the thing. The game is very early alpha. Yes, it is perhaps more stable and feature complete then many games that are in beta, but it is still early and Blizzard really isn’t trying to hype the game a lot yet. The same doom and gloom predictions came in the Hearthstone subreddit when Hearthstone was in early beta. They were saying how the ability to sell Hearthstone keys and Blizzard’s way of handing out keys was going to doom the game. As if a subreddit and Twitch community represent the whole of gaming. Continue reading The Sky is Falling on the Heroes of the Storm Hype Train

Keeping Up With Heroes of the Storm

My open letter to Blizzard about Heroes of the Storm done, it is perhaps time to tell my regular readers and casual people stopping by, exactly what is Heroes of the Storm (Heroes) and places to keep up to date with all the news as this game develops. (I’m just making this a quick post right now, but I’ll update it as I go along.)

Okay, first Heroes of the Storm is a new video game coming from Blizzard, the company that made World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone and a few others. It is a multiplayer game in that you play with others against a team of other players. It is typically thought of as a MOBA, though Blizzard calls it more of a multiplayer hero brawler. The game pulls its hero selection from various heroes/villains in the various Blizzard universes. On 13 March 2014, the game entered Technical Alpha, and unlike most games in early alpha/beta there is no NDA (non-disclosure agreement, which prevents the participants from talking about the game they are playing, for example while in the Wildstar beta I couldn’t discuss the game)… The best way to understand is to watch some Heroes of the Storm games on Twitch.

Reddit is a great source for information, and the Heroes of the Storm sub-reddit is no exception. Lots of great information there and generally distills it quickly for you.

There is an Official YouTube Channel.

HeroeNexus is a Curse related site relating to the game and a good general news site for it.

Heroes Gamer is a news site dedicated to Heroes of the Storm.

Stormable is another fan news site dedicated to Heroes of the Storm.

EDIT: Some of the key things I like about Heroes over other MOBAs.
No last hitting. Other MOBAs have started doing that as well.
No Item shop. You don’t need to learn what items to buy in a million and one different situations. Some really hate that, but I think it’s great.
Leveling is across the team, not just player. So a good player can help the whole team while a bad player doesn’t overly drag the team down with feeding.

EDIT 2: Apparently HotS refers to Heart of the Swarm in Blizzard speak, so the proper abbreviation for Heroes of the Storm is just Heroes, so I changed the abbreviations.